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Juinti Koshi announces Project Banabo to continue support of the Shipibo tribe near Pucallpa, Peru

Covid-19 relief and sustainable, small-scale agriculture

Our Goal: Shipibo tribe families living in San Salvador (a small village not far from Pucallpa, Peru) are experiencing a severe food shortage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our goal is to raise funds to make direct grants to the village of San Salvador to help. Donations will be used in two ways: about 1/2 will be used as cash grants to secure urgently needed food, medical, and essential supplies; and the remaining portion to fund the planting, growing and harvesting a more reliable, local food supply.

While the effects of Covid-19 are difficult for the whole world, people living in third world countries are particularly affected.  Many of us have and continue to collaborate with indigenous families in remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and feel compelled to help. 

Use of Funds: The easiest, fastest, and most direct method of helping the village is by sending money to village elders and other support resources to purchase and distribute food and other necessary supplies. We are keenly aware that this type of immediate, direct assistance will help the village for only a limited time.

While such short term support is necessary, it is also important to consider that the economically paralyzing effects of the virus might persist for some time.  We started to visualize how we can help the families living in San Salvador become more self-sustainable, and determined a gardening solution would further this objective.

By way of an informal fundraiser on Facebook, Kent, our program director, raised nearly $1,000 in donations from our generous community.  This, and additional donations we receive, fund two project objectives: half for immediate needs, and the other half to procure and deliver seeds, planters, and other gardening supplies. 

Shipbo-tribe member and long-trusted friend, Hilda, is a gardening expert. Hilda has agreed to support the Banabo campaign by traveling to work with interested families in San Salvador to help the villagers learn how to set-up, plant, and harvest a sustainable food supply.

We intend to support the growing of lettuce, tomatoes, corn, yuca, watermelon, root veggies, and a jungle potato.  These plants all grow relatively quickly and will bear fresh food that can help keep the residents healthy and strong.

Many others have reached out expressing an interest in donating so we wanted to set up a more formal fundraiser. We hope to collect $5,000 so all families in San Salvador can have or share a garden. Any remaining money can be used to create gardens for nearby village. Thank you for  any donations and/or helping us share this fundraiser so we can reach our goal!

 

Local villagers that will benefit from the filtered water project.Local villagers that will benefit from the Covid-19 relief effort.

Background: The nonprofit Juinti Koshi was created to pursue projects that can benefit the indigenous Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon. This specific campaign seeks $5,000 to make direct grants for immediate life support needs, and program funds to support local, small scale agriculture.

Many  Shipibo communities are under threat from external social, economic and corporate interests. Due to lack of local resources, the challenges of self-sufficiency and impinging modern pressures, Village and tribal communities often accept help without full realization of the consequences, intentional or not.  Juinto Koshi seeks to empower and fortify indigenous communities by providing viable resources, such as access to clean water and medical facilities. This serves to foster the preservation of the Shipibo culture and protect the Amazon rainforest.

Project OMPASH success! Our last project, Ompash, raised funds to purchase and install  a new water tower and clean water delivery system for the village was a SUCCESS! Yes, it took a bit longer than we expected, and it cost a bit more, but 100% of all donations received (except for $100 we use to maintain a minimum checking account balance) was used to complete the project.

 

Ompash Project Success

Our last project (supported via FundRazr) successfully built a new water tower to deliver clean, healthy water to the village.


Other Projects our Volunteers supported in the village of San Salvador near Pucallpa. Other Projects our Volunteers supported in the village of San Salvador near Pucallpa.

 

"Juinti Koshi" means Strong Heart in the indigenous Shipibo language. "Ompash" means water, and "Banabo" means garden.

 

Please help with any amount you can.

 

Thank you!

 

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